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SubjectRe: finding out the value of HZ from userspace
On Tue, Mar 23, 2004 at 10:04:22AM +1100, Peter Williams wrote:
> Micha Feigin wrote:
> >On Sat, Mar 20, 2004 at 12:28:00PM +0100, Stefan Smietanowski wrote:
> >
> >>>>>there is one. Nothing uses it
> >>>>>(sysconf() provides this info)
> >>>>
> >>>>Seems to me that it would be fairly trivial to modify those programs
> >>>>(that should use this mechanism but don't) to use it? So why should
> >>>>they be allowed to dictate kernel behaviour?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>quality of implementation; for example shell scripts that want to do
> >>>echo 500 > /proc/sys/foo/bar/something_in_HZ
> >>>...
> >>>or /etc/sysctl.conf or ...
> >>>
> >>
> >>Then write a simple program already. How hard is it to write a program
> >>that does a sysconf() and returns (as ascii of course) just the
> >>value of HZ? Then do some trivial calculation off of that.
> >>
> >>HZ=$(gethz)
> >>
> >>If your 500 was 5 seconds, do
> >>
> >>TIME=$[HZ*5]
> >>echo $TIME > /proc/sys/foo/bar/something_in_HZ
> >>
> >
> >
> >Will this be USER_HZ or kernel HZ?
> >Someone earlier suggested it would be USER_HZ which would make it
> >pointless.
>
> It has to be whatever enables user space to correctly interpret values
> sent to user space as "ticks". That means USER_HZ and it's not useless
> as it enables USER_HZ to be different and/or change without breaking
> programs that use values expressed in "ticks".
>

Unless the kernel is converted to make that conversion possible then it
is useless at the moment since userspace gets USER_HZ and the kernel
proc interface speaks (KERNEL) HZ so userspace really has no idea how
to speak to kernel space with 2.6.

> >
> >
> >>I mean, come on.
> >>
> >>Then you include it in the default distro of choice so that
> >>everybody can use it and there you are.
> >>
> >>If someone doesn't have "gethz" then they can download it.
> >>
> >>// Stefan
> >>
> >
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